Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum are suddenly the game's greatest and most idiosyncratic Cy Young comeback story -- separately and, if you know them, totally and essentially together.
It's a buddy story, really, from riches to scorn to glory again, all unfolding in a stunning Giants postseason.
And it's about serendipity, massive talent, massive frustration, and on Wednesday it was about the two joining together to win Game 1 of the World Series.
"Yeah, it's great for us to be able to share that together," Lincecum said after the Giants' 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers to put this franchise three victories short of another championship. "We talked about it during the game and a little bit after the game.
"We're just riding the good times and just enjoying this. And looking forward to tomorrow."
Zito started and pitched 5?2/3 brilliant innings, then Lincecum relieved him and shut Detroit down for 2?1/3 more.
Of course, Pablo Sandoval blasted himself into the record book by hitting three home runs, and the Giants beat ace Justin Verlander.
But for Zito and Lincecum, this was a special bonding moment full of redemption, relief and understanding that Zito and Lincecum have gotten through all their troubles, in large part, by leaning on each other.
The Giants have won 14 consecutive times in Zito's starts, including three in the playoffs. And Lincecum -- after his horrendous
San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito, Tim Lincecum find redemption
San Jose Mercury News | Oct 25